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|La Chouette||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
La Chouette is part of an original farmhouse and barn built in the early 1800s in rolling French countryside. Set in 3.5 acres, there is a large garden with terrace, patio furniture and barbecue for you to enjoy. It is located midway between Bagnoles de l'Orne and Lassay-les-Chateaux, both about 8 miles away. Bagnoles is a well known French spa town famous for its waters and healing properties and there is an excellent selection of restaurants in the town. Lassay is known for its chateaux and also has a delightful rose garden. The picturesque medieval town of Domfront with its chateau and church of St. Julien is 17 miles away. Though all amenities are nearby, our location is very tranquil and you can feel the peace and quiet envelop you. The village of Madré is 2km from Le Cerisier and has a butcher's shop, post office and small bar. There are excellent restaurants in the villages nearby which serve fixed price lunches including cider and wine.
La Chouette is a 2 person cottage with all you will require for a comfortable romantic holiday.
The front door opens into the living room with separate kitchen diner located off the living room area.
The living room has comfortable seating, English satellite tv along with dvd There are patio doors leading to the terrace and open garden with bbq.
The dining kitchen has dining table, chairs and all required cutlery and crockery. The kitchen includes gas cooker, fridge with freezer section, coffee maker, electric kettle, microwave, toaster, and iron.
Stairs lead up to the:
Master bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, drawers etc. There is plenty of space for a cot if required (please enquire for details).
The bathroom is en suite and has wc, wash handbasin and shower.
All bed linen and towels are included in the rental rate.
Free wi-fi available.
The fully equipped kitchen consists of gas cooker, refrigerator with freezer section, microwave, coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery and cooking vessels.
The living room has a comfortable three piece suite. There is English satellite TV, DVD player and CD.
Master bedroom with double bed and ensuite bathroom
Ensuite shower room with large shower, hand washbasin and WC
Electric radiators are used for heating the gite and additional gas heating is available on request.
English satellite TV is provided as well as DVD and CD players. Books, DVD's board games etc can be provided on request.
Outside there is a solar heated swimming pool, badminton net, swings, and bicycles available free of charge.
The garden outside the gites is just under an acre so there is plenty of room to spread yourselves out. Garden and patio furniture along with barbecues are available.
There are a further 2.5 acres beyond the garden which is given over to a playing field - ideal for energetic youngsters - and a newly planted orchard which we are developing. You are more than welcome to sample the apples, pears and plums when in season.
The swimming pool is around 1m deep and is located just across the garden from the gite.
There is access to all the gites for unloading on arrival and when shopping. Further car parking is available for up to 8 cars.
Suitable for couples of all ages though those with limited mobility need to contact us first to assess suitability.
Free wifi is provided.
A cot is available if required and will be placed in the double bedroom though you will have to provide bedclothes for the cot.
If you will be arriving late and require a meal to heat up in your gite, let us know and we can send sample menus and prices.
We, George and Yvette, have been married for over 30 years, have two wonderful grown up children and now live permanently in France with our French Labrador, Hugo.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||We had to make our move to France work for us and Normandy is always a favourite holiday destination. It offers so much in terms of lifestyle and holidays and yet is still close enough to family in the UK should we need to return quickly. Summers are pleasantly warm without being too scorching hot and the winters are mild. Most of our guests visit in the summer but spring and autumn are also great times to visit as the weather can often be very good. There is so much to see and experience in this part of France that you will always leave wanting to come back. Beautiful towns, countryside and restaurants - where would France be without its restaurants? A great place for a holiday as well as to live.|
|Unique benefits of property||All three of our gites are located in a beautiful rural context but yet close to all amenities and tourist attractions. The roads are very quite and ideal for walks and cycle rides on our selection of bicycles which we offer free of charge. We are always on hand to help with your holiday but never intrude. If you prefer to be left to your own devices, you will hardly know we are there but if you need help and advice, we are happy to help.|
This elegant spa town is renowned for its waters (Les Thermes). It is also a gastronomic centre and has at least 16 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor along with many activities throughout the summer. Enjoy your lunch then walk around the lake, past the casino and up to the Hotel de Ville (town hall) which is a converted chateau in beautiful grounds. There are also walks through the woods at the edge of the town ideal for wildlife and bird watching. Try the velorail which uses the old railway line running from Bagnoles to Briouze - great fun for the kids – have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f5RWM4EaIg
The Javron to Mayenne Voie Verte is the old railway line between the two towns. Many old railway lines have been converted into "Voies Vertes" or cycle routes which can be enjoyed with the safety of not having to go on the roads. This véloroute (as it is called) has just had large sections resurfaced and the whole route is easily navigable. As it is an old railway line, there are no steep gradients so can easily be tackled by all family members. Further information can be obtained from the following link http://www.laval-tourisme.com/files/ot-laval/files/voies-vertes-mayenne-2009.pdf
Lassay-les-Chateaux is a beautiful town about 11km from the gites and has just about one of the best preserved medieval chateaux in the whole of France. The town prides itself on being one of France's "Cités de Caractère" and has a delightful rose garden. A great place to enjoy an impromtu picnic or you can sample one of the bars or restaurants in the town centre.
About an hour and a half away, a great day out especially if it is around the Le Mans 24 hours. For 2015 this will be on 13th and 14th June. Outside of the racing season the motor museum at the circuit is well worth a visit and afterwards you can visit the Cathedral of St. Julien, the old city and enjoy a coffee in one of the squares near the cathedral.
About an hour and a half away due west, Mont St. Michel is one of France’s greatest tourist attractions. Visit the abbey, dedicated to the Archangel, St. Michael and the various museums. Advisable to set off early as it is host to around 3 million visitors per year. As the name would suggest, it is a mount and is not pushchair or wheelchair friendly.
A great day out is a visit to the Normandy Landing Beaches. If you want to make a day of it, you can start with a visit to Pegasus Bridge. Then travel west along the coast taking in Sword, Juno and finally Gold beaches. This will take you to Arromanches, site of the famous Mulberry B Harbour. There are museums at both Pegasus Bridge and Arromanches which are well worth a visit. Finally, travel down to nearby Bayeux and visit the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery which should be a fitting finale to your day out.
We needed a relaxing, chilled week in July and that is exactly what La Chouette offers. The gite is nicer than even the pictures suggest. The property is perfect for a couple and was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen has all the gadgets that you need if you want to cook for yourself.
A guest book is full of useful reviews of many restaurants nearby and George will book ahead for you. We ate at lunchtime in several truly French restaurants along with the local workers and enjoyed a variety of delicious meals all served with warmth and a great deal of tolerance as I murdered their language.
George and Yvette create a relaxed, warm environment which belies the very hard work that happens in the background. The large, secure garden is perfect for young children as it's primarily laid to lawn, is large enough for running around and has a volley ball net and a small (fenced) pool for messing around in on a hot day. Yvette's tubs and baskets of beautiful, multicoloured flowers and fruit trees finish off the setting perfectly.
We would definitely recommend La Chouette and fully intend to return ourselves.
Many thanks for the review. Can't tell you how gratifying it is to receive comments like this and it does make all our efforts feel really appreciated. Great to have you both here and we do hope to see you again sometime.
Following a leisurely drive from Caen we arrived at George and Yvette's lovely home in the country. Our gite "Chouette" (owl) was very cosy with everything we needed, even the fridge had some immediate essentials included.
We were greeted with lovely warm kindness by Yvette and Hugo (George was out at the local ironmongers).
The house, gites and gardens are a credit to them both and an inspiration to Pauline on our return home to be as organised as Yvette in planting out our tubs and containers, dead heading and watering everyday.
The surrounding areas are beautiful and well worth investigating either in the car, by foot or bike. Bagnoles-de-Lorne for lovely restaurants, Lassay-les-Chateaux for a picturesque castle. We enjoyed every day discovering super sites.
The Normandy beaches on the way home are well worth a visit, as too is Pegasus Bridge for historical information.
Thank you George and Yvette (and Hugo) for a lovely week and for being such perfect hosts, you seemed to have the answer to everything.
Many thanks for such an excellent review, much appreciated. Lovely having you both here in the late spring and very happy that you enjoyed your stay here so much. I do hope that we shall see you both again soon.
Thank you George and Yvette for such a wonderful stay and for making our baby's first holiday one to remember. From the last minute booking, to sorting the vet appointment for Remi and the lovely chats and everything else in between! We chose to spend most of our time relaxing at the Gite, enjoying the sun and having a dunk in the pool. We did have a wonder around the local town of Bagnoles de l'Orne which is a very. Thanks again George and Yvette, hope to see you next year!
Thank you for the comments and really pleased you enjoyed your stay here. We do hope that you come again as it would be great to see your son growing up - they grow up so quickly from being babies. Of course I would love to see Remi again too as she is a lovely dog. Best wishes to you all.